A leading potter of traditional Bizen firing techniques, Mori Togaku 森 陶岳 (b. 1937) has epitomized wood-firing techniques with the large Momoyama-inspired climbing kilns that he has built. Not only have his spiritual inclinations influenced his works, but his works are also historically informed. His kilns are made using Muromachi-inspired firing techniques, and heavily inspired by Chinese Sue ware forms. His reintroduction of the Ogama to modern and contemporary pottery has revived the Bizen craft.
Form is developed in preference to surface effects: This exquisite jar shows the diverse talent of this Bizen giant. The jar's opening is beautifully adorned with Bizen Goma (an effect from firing that creates a texture resembling sesame seeds scattered on a surface) on one side. The geometric and patterning wraps this cylindrical vase, giving a contemporary feel to this ancient object. The body of the Jar is large. One may see the kiln god’s firing marks lick the surface of the vase to create almost 2 parallel lines in gradating shades of ochre, red, orange, and vermillion.